By: Paige Lee
The short answer — HELL NO!
However, like with anything else about teaching abroad, there’s more to say about this very common question. And yes, in certain countries age can be a limiting factor due to things like mandatory retirement ages, or cultural norms. That said, if you are a native English speaker who earns an accredited TEFL certification, you will have options.
To many mature teachers who are looking to explore different cultures and perspectives it can seem that many programs & TEFL schools, including International TEFL Academy (ITA), only work with recent grads and 20-somethings who have few obstacles and debts to figure out in order to go abroad.
While a majority of ITA’s teachers fit this demographic, teaching abroad is available to EVERYBODY! The key is to enter this adventure with patience, persistence, and an open mind. Below are a few tips on how to approach your TEFL course and finding English teaching work abroad as a more mature teacher.